Ellen DeGeneres and Celine Dion burning a U.S. flag in front of a television audience of a taping for the comic’s variety show is fake news. There is no truth to a clickbait article that DeGeneres and Dion were videotaped burning the American flag. However, the two celebrities did not participate in any American bashing. Where did this fake news originate?
U.S.A. Daily News Posts published the story (archived here) titled “VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres And Singer Celine Dion Burns U.S Flag In Front Of Audience. Would You Support Deport Or Arrest Of Them ?” However, there is nothing more to its content.
Hoax-Alert reported that this was fake for many reasons. The major flaw was that no reliable news outlets was reporting on the absurd story, not even the celebrity gossip press, which would play to this type of content. Additionally, there is no video from the incident either, just one static image (as seen above). This image that is attached to the outrageous claim is taken from an interview DeGeneres did with Dion over a year ago.
However, no flags were burned during the making of the interview. U.S.A. Daily News Posts is known for posting fake polls and inflammatory articles in an effort to get people to click anywhere on the page, according to Hoax-Alert. Clicking on the fake news, results in popup ads appear. U.S.A. Daily News Posts regularly changes its address to fool social media fake news detection algorithms resulting in its ability to publish fake content.
Here are examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
In the actual interview with DeGeneres, Dion revealed how her family is coping with the loss of her late husband, René Angélil. “It is tough, I have to admit,” the singer admitted. “It’s part of our life, and life has imposed this on him. That was his destiny and I still feel extremely fortunate that he has given me three magnificent children—wonderful pieces of luggage.”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is a talk-variety show features the comic in the studio performing an opening monologue and interviewing guests who include celebrities, newsmakers and ordinary people with extraordinary talents. Also, segments include performances from top music acts, audience participation and man-on-the-street interviews. Music is a key part of the show, with an in-studio DJ and celebrity guest DJs spinning tunes and DeGeneres often breaking out into dance moves.
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